The Düsseldorf Arena is home to local side Fortuna; top Düsseldorf tourist attractions include the Old Town's "longest bar in the world".
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The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia has 650,000 inhabitants, with Düsseldorf offering a broad array of leisure and cultural activities, as well as a fabulous infrastructure – one of the reasons that the quality of life in this part of Germany is rated so highly.
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Düsseldorf Arena capacity: 47,000
Home to Fortuna Düsseldorf, whose most recent Bundesliga campaign came in 2019/20, the Düsseldorf Arena was built between 2002 and 2004 on the site of the old Rheinstadion, a ground that staged games at the 1974 FIFA World Cup and 1988 UEFA European Championship. Besides a retractable roof, the new stadium is heated, ensuring an internal temperature of up to 15C on even the chilliest days.
American football games, concerts, boxing matches and religious events have also been held at the Düsseldorf Arena, in addition to Germany national-team games and two Portugal friendlies – a 3-0 win against Saudi Arabia in 2006 and a 2-1 loss to Greece two years later.
Walk along the Rheinuferpromenade
The 1.5km-long Rhine embankment promenade runs from the Old Town to the river and has something to offer for all ages. Regular food festivals, spectacular sunsets and a staircase which is very popular among those just looking to chill will break up the perfect city stroll.
Shop along the Kö
The Kö (short for Königsallee – translation: King's Alley) is one of Europe's premier shopping boulevards, with fashion shops, malls and bars. The Kö is known for opulence in Germany, but you don't need money to enjoy the vibes – or the canal that runs down the middle.
Relax in the Altstadt
Düsseldorf's Old Town has over 250 beer-houses and restaurants, and has been called "the longest bar in the world". There is something to see down every side street too, not least the Basilica St Lambertus or the impressive gallery, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.
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